Medjugorje has been a balm for some Catholics as well as a cause for divisiveness and it continues with renewed fervor even after thirty years. There is again, a new surge in accusations being flung all over the internet that some stateside Catholic writers and/or bloggers of note are anti-Medjugorje as well as accusations that the faithful who do believe in these apparitions are blindly following a supernatural event that may or may not be true.
It would be unusual if these apparitions of Our Lady were not true while reports of miracles of physical and spiritual healings continue to come from Medjugorje. Given what we know of Lourdes and Fatima, it would be equally unusual if Our Blessed Mother has publicly communicated with these seers for thirty years! This does not sound like Mary's M.O. but who am I to say she can't or wouldn't choose to do so. If these events had occurred in private all along it would be one thing, but since they occurred while the public surged around the seers during these apparitions almost from the get go, I would be a liar if I said I had no questions concerning their veracity. Everything about Medjugorje is unusual, but then again we do live in unusual times.
Lourdes and Fatima did not have the benefit, if indeed it is a benefit, of having the mass media we have today with the internet and cable T.V. Unlike Medjugorje, Lourdes and Fatima were localized events that took months if not years to be communicated to the Catholic world, and once it happened, the true story was being reported. Not so with Medjugorje. Almost immediately, stories began to leak out to Catholics around the world that something was happening in this little village before all facts were known giving way to less than accurate dissemination of information.
There are too many unanswered questions about Medjugorje. I would love for the apparitions to be true, as I believe in the events of Lourdes and Fatima to be true, but my faith does not rest on apparitions of our Blessed Mother, but on God through his Church. If people come away from Medjugorje with renewed faith, healings of mind and body and a return to the Church, that would be a good thing. If some come back skeptical, that alone does not make anyone a bad Catholic, but a discerning one who is being protective of his/her soul until doubts of Medjugorje are resolved one way or another.
I have a two thousand year old suggestion to make: With Gamaliel, let those of both sides of the Medjugorje issue say, Acts 5 ---38 “So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
Let Rome decide.